Might Not Work (rotator cuff surgery)

by Sharon

I've been told that I have a torn rotator cuff. I will be starting on my second set of PT within the next few days. The first PT was under the impression that all that I had was a sore and stretched out bicep.

Now I'm told, after having an MRI, that there is a tear. I'm to have 4-6 weeks of PT, and if there is no improvement then they want to do surgery. Thing is, I've been told that the surgery might not work. I'm curious on what you can tell me about this? Everything I've read seems to say that recovery is very possible, though time consuming.

I was injured in a fall back in October of 2007. The first set of PT was in December. That lasted for 8 weeks. I'd had an x-ray in November but did not get an MRI, until April of 2008.

Could you explain to me why you think the surgery might not work? Also, why do you think they waited so long before having the MRI?

I've got a consultation with my doctor next week, but I'm curious and want information now. I hope you can help me.

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